"For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13, NKJV)
I remember the first time I discovered this verse and really contemplated its meaning. I had a light bulb moment. Not only did God give me new desires but He equips me with the power/ability to follow through and act upon those desires. He does not leave me to depend upon my will power alone.
Which happens to be a good thing because sometimes, if truth be told, I don’t have the will to do what pleases Him. I had much rather cling to self-righteousness than to forgive like He commands of me. So He has to do a work on my will. I don’t think it’s mere coincidence that the scripture lists will first. Without having first the mind to do, we will never get busy with the doing.
Most things God calls us to do goes against our natural inclination but He gives us the power to do them. Whose power are you relying on to get things done?
desire + power + my cooperation = accomplishment
if anything is missing from the equation nothing really gets done.
desire – power + my cooperation = frustration
power – desire = no cooperation from me
For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. Phil 2:13 (NLT)
Lord, I thank you that you are at work within me at this very moment. Thank you for giving me the willingness and the power to obey your word. I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters and those that are lost. Align our wills with your will God. Helps to remember you have already provided what we need to please you. We choose to accept the gift and we cooperate with the work you are doing within in us. In Jesus name. Amen.
Linking up with Monday Manna, which is being hosted by Vonnie at My Back Door.